Max Chilton, Roman Grosjean, Puka Kelly discussed on Inside Supercars

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In terms of from suburbia to regional to metro. So yeah, quite a bit of overlap and but they're also a racetracks at the end of the day. They're just, they've got a start and a finish and that's our stage, if you will. So it's cool, it is cool to be able to go to so many different tracks around the world. And I remember thinking long before the coming over here was even an opportunity, you know, it'd be cool to go see and how to lay it or a Darwin or a townsville and you didn't now say that you have been doing those for the last 5 years was an unexpected you had asked me 6 years ago, I thought I'd be doing that for what I think that would be happening. I'd be very surprised, but yeah, no complaints whatsoever. Mitch, in some ways, supercars in the indie series are the most alike in all of motor sport. Yeah, absolutely. And that's one thing I did always enjoy when I was working in IndyCars. We'd have a Formula One driver come over like a max Chilton or masala and obviously someone like Roman Grosjean would have been a great example over the last couple of years. They would talk about how bumpy some of the circuits in Formula One in Europe would be that they would race on and then you go get greeted with a Detroit Belle Isle street circuit, which is certainly a very vast difference to what you would see on a European track. But that's part of the character of those circuits and we talk about character with racetracks all the time. That would have been a key word at puka Kelly on the weekend, sat down being another one that it adds another element or another dimension to how races can play out and certainly how individual laps play out. So yeah, it's one thing I enjoy, it brings a bit of authenticity that you're actually you've got to be tough and you've got to be able to race hard and those are some of those characteristics that, like you said, each of each of those series really are quite good at display. Getting ready for better and crowd the image. One of the unique things that maybe you could talk more about would be, I've only been to two. That's a 2013 2015 Indy 500s. But one of the things that is unique about that track is that how quickly the crowd gets into the seats and how quickly they leave because you can turn around and sort of standing there and suddenly they're all there and then moments after the race is gone and it seems the crowd goes. It's an extraordinary thing. I guess one of the glories of when you've been doing that race for over a hundred years, you start to figure out traffic management after a while. But yeah, it is always impressive. We always talked about it as well is that we usually hang out for an hour or so after the race and my parents live about 20, 30 minutes north of the speedway. So it was very seldom had significant trouble getting home after the race. So it's interesting. Yeah, the point that you don't think about too often and you wouldn't observe unless you're there, but absolutely, you made it not much different at least in the mornings with people coming in as well. Not much different about this. You talk about that hill on drivers right heading into hell corner. That'll be full at 6, 7 o'clock in the morning on Sunday and a couple of weeks and it'll stay for the entire day. So it's certainly no different there. How many of those people end up camping rather than going home because it's two and a half, three hours out of Sydney, rather than out of the next major city as opposed to indie being right in a metro area, but the enthusiasm and the passion in the crowd there is certainly parallel to what you would see at the speedway as well. So there are two very, very cool events and I feel very privileged privileged to have been able to work both of them. Indeed, I had 7 month old mayors who I'm sure you will know from the then speed cafe. He was my navigator when we went from Austin down to Houston and then to Indianapolis. And we did a U turn right in front on race day right in front of the main gate. The cops just stood there. We're in a fit 500 and they just didn't give us any trouble. It was fascinating. I could imagine they had plenty more to worry about at the moment. You can tend to get away with a couple of little issues there every now and to get on race day because there's 300 some odd thousand other people that are trying to get in and out or get somewhere there. So you get a little bit of leeway. I actually thought it was fascinating that I parked so close to the media center. In fact, the only place I've parked closer to the media room was that winton, where I was right next to all the building, but at Indianapolis, because I was in a paid 500, it was very close to the doors. It's a fascinating event. As a much from your point of view, that you've got to get concentrate on there for better. What are the key things that you've got to get right for that? Well, for us, you know, I work pretty closely within our commercial team. So it's making sure that all of our partners are if they have anything that they want us to try to achieve there, whether it's photo shoots or video content or ticketing and things like that, making sure we've got all those boxes ticked. So we're planning ahead as far as we can. We had a meeting yesterday, just amongst our group, talking about just the Wednesday, because the Wednesday about this is actually the crazy state of the year for us because it starts with appearances in the morning. There will be photo shoots. It'll be radio interviews, then there's a driver's parade in town. There's the signing session in the back of CBD as well and then track walk in the afternoon. More media and commercial appearances thereafter. So it's a very full on day from sun up to sundown. And you often need to be in multiple places at once, but we've been there before. We figured it out. It's been a couple of years since we've done it for the obvious reasons, but I was just talking with Thomas Randall and Jake this morning and reminding them that their first bathroom was the only normal they've done, which was 2019 and just as a reminder that it's going to be full on all week, but that's why we do what we do, really. Obviously, that's our crown jewel and everyone wants to be a part of it. Everyone wants to see it. So when you're in the main game and at the top level, it's going to be quite a bit going on. So, but at the same time they're all professionals they know what they're doing, at least they try to be professionals most of the time, but it'll be really cool to have all that back as much of as chaotic as it is. It's a really cool event, such a cool spectacle. It was a really good little taster or a teaser if you will for what we're going to see in terms of the passion level. You'll see it at mount panorama. One of the coolest tracks in the world while the coolest races in the world. And like I said, we're all just really excited to be a part of it and have it back properly again. I guess it should be noted that a lot of the traditions that baathist are extremely similar to the traditions of the 500 in Indianapolis. And that is in no small part because of Mike Raymond, who was heavily involved in the 7 network and the broadcast of the race, and his background in speedway as a promoter and then moving on into his television roles as well. He really did set the baathist event up looking at what the Indianapolis 500 did with all the parades, all the preamble, and then of course the race itself. And back in the 70s, the race at Indianapolis wasn't three

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